The success of many eBay sellers have prompted many individuals to venture into an eBay business as well. Online selling has become a cost-effective alternative to having a physical retail business as you don’t have to set up and manage a physical store, deal with all the expenses that comes in maintaining an establishment and endure all the hassles involved with keeping an actual shop. At eBay, you can sell anything and may even make money from used items that you are about to discard anyway!
Once items are listed on your eBay account, all you need to do is wait for bids (in case of auctions) or orders to come in. For auctions, the item goes to the buyer who makes the highest bid and you are left with the task of packing and shipping the item. For new eBay sellers, the packing and shipping process can be quite intimidating. The need to package the item properly to ensure safe arrival and keep shipping costs to a minimum can be daunting. Here are some tips that will help newbie sellers on how to properly pack and ship eBay merchandise. Read more →
Every shipper wants to send his or her items safely without spending a lot of money. One way to cut on costs is to use alternative packing materials that are cheaper or even free. Below are some suggestions on what other items you can use as alternative packing materials and save a few bucks when shipping.
Newspapers, magazines and other publications that you no longer need and are headed to the garbage bin are great packing materials. You can use these paper products to wrap items or crumple them to provide cushion. You can also run them into a shredder.Just be reminded that the ink from these printed matter can stain your items so wrap them first in newsprint, Kraft paper or used plastic bags to protect them. Read more →
Most carriers and shipping companies claim that they handle every package entrusted to them with utmost care and ensure that they will arrive safely at their destinations. They may be telling the truth but that is after assuming that you, the shipper, properly packed your goods. Thus, the safety of the package is dependent on how well a shipper packed his items and not on how careful carriers handle them during transport.
Trusting your carrier is one thing but assuming that shipping staff will not drop a laptop or stack heavy boxes on top of an antique crystal vase during the entire shipping process is another. What is safe to assume is that a package will go through all sorts of rough handling during transport and it is your responsibility as shipper to provide your item with a safe, cushioned and protected environment inside its box so that it will survive all the bumps and falls it will encounter. Read more →
Addressing and labeling a package for shipping is as important as packing the items inside properly. A wrong or incomplete receiver’s address can delay or even prevent a package from getting delivered at all. The absence of a return address can lead to further complications. Here are some practical shipping tips on proper addressing and labeling of packages to ensure that they arrive on time and without any problems.
Get the correct name and address of the recipient. Include the Zip code for efficient and faster processing. Read more →
A pallet is a platform that is used to transport a huge and heavy package or several smaller boxes safely and with ease. Pallets come in a variety of sizes and can be made from different materials including wood, metal and plastic. Pallets make it easier to move bulky and heavy packages with the use of machinery like forklifts or pallet jacks, making the transport of these items more safe and less cumbersome.
However, proper packing precautions must be observed when shipping in pallets. Improper stacking of packages and failing to secure and strap the boxes on the pallet could spell accidents, injury to the handlers and damages to the items. Here are some shipping tips on how to properly pack a pallet. Read more →
Balikbayan Box Shipping is a popular method, among Filipinos located in different parts of the world, to send packages to their family and friends back home in the Philippines. Balikbayan boxes come in different sizes and are usually filled with various items including clothing, electronic devices, jewelry, toys, canned goods, candies and other products that are not readily available in the Philippines or are just too expensive when purchased there. Balikbayan boxes usually contain gifts or pasalubong and are mostly sent during special ocassions such as birthdays, Mother’s Day, and Christmas.
Because of the popularity of this shipping method among Filipinos, companies offering balikbayan box shipping services have increased over the years. Most balikbayan boxes come from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, Italy, UK, Korea, and Taiwan, or countries with high concentrations of Filipino residents/migrant workers. The door-to-door delivery of packages make this a convenient shipping option. Read more →
Shipping precious jewelry, antiques and other high-value items via the United States Postal Service or other mail delivery companies can be a scary thought. Aside from keeping your items undamaged throughout the whole shipping process, you are also keeping your fingers crossed that it never gets lost or, or worse, stolen.
Insuring your shipped items is the best way to overcome these apprehensions. The USPS and other mail delivery companies offer some form of insurance to protect their customers against such untoward incidents. Below are some tips on how to insure shipments by mail. Read more →
Inner packaging materials play an important role in ensuring that your shipped items arrive undamaged and in good shape. These packing essentials come in a variety of forms and types, each with specific function in terms of protecting, blocking, bracing and cushioning items for shipping to avoid breakage and damage during transit. Below are some of the most commonly used inner packaging materials and their characteristics.
Bubble Wrap is probably the most popular inner packaging material around because of its versatility. Aside from being a great cushioning material, it is also excellent in surface protection and in filling voids. Bubble wrap also comes in a variety of thicknesses to meet every item’s cushioning requirement. Anti-static bubble wrap is also available and is designed to protect electronic items against damage from electro-static discharge.
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